Installing Turf Alternatives – your guide to a low maintenance lawn, a workshop presented by Metro Blooms in partnership with Blue Thumb – Planting for Clean Water® covers the advantages of using perennial ground covers to maximize ecological impact. It also demonstrates handy how-tos for replacing traditional turf by installing and maintaining two popular types of turf alternatives: Low Maintenance Lawns and Bee Lawns.
These alternative turf options are recommended for their hardiness, ecological benefits, low-growing nature and ease of maintenance. Techniques covered include over-seeding a traditional lawn, building from the bottom up, and common maintenance issues.
A low maintenance lawn functions like a typical lawn but is made up of fescues that require less water and less fertilizer, pesticides, and mowing than Kentucky bluegrass. “Bee Lawns” are made of a mix of grasses and low-growing perennials that can be used and treated much like a regular lawn, but also offer high-quality nutrition to pollinators, something that is becoming increasingly important to many gardeners and homeowners.
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